I am new to the forums here and have read through several of the posts on labeling. I had a nightmare of a problem happen to me recently that prompted me to research what I originally thought was a no brainer. I had transfered a hours and hours of old family 8mm film and video to DVD recently in an effort to (what I thought was) preserve them. Films we had in the family since the '40s put onto DVD. How cool, right? I am learning the hard way that DVD media is not all its cracked up to be and that depending on quality the dvd can last 30 years or 2 days. I also thought that labeling...if done without wrinkles, bubbles and centered properly would be A-OK.....WRONG...I purchased the Memorex CD/DVD labeling kit. Notice I included DVD...as it says its for DVD's as well? All 100 DVD's I made....weeks of work....down the tubes. I even tested every DVD after making it to be sure they worked in several different make DVD players....I own a couple in different rooms. I tested on Phillips, TOshiba and SOny and they all worked great. Well apparently they stop working after few days on their very own. I emailed Memorex and gave them an ear full after finding clues on the internet that labeling was my problem and this was their response to me:
"The reason that you experienced issues when you labeled the DVD is that as the DVD plays in the player with the Label on it, the DVD expands from the heat generated. The label does not expand and thus it causes a warping of the DVD. Not a lot but it is enough to cause a failure in Playback. The only type of labeling that we recommend for a DVD is the Center Hub label only."
Memorex Products, Inc.
So.....here I am....scraping labels off of dvd's in hope I can recover the DVD files so I can burn them fresh....or spend my days....again...playing back old movies to disk so I can burn them to dvd a new.
-Thank you for giving me a venue to vent my frustration. I fear that all these wonderful DVD's will have to suffer ugly marker written labels rather than the nice professional looking labels they deserve.